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Published September 02, 2010, 03:56 PM

Essentia name to help improve medical records and lower cost

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - More details tonight about the announcement that several area clinics and hospitals will all fall under the new name: "Essentia", is good news for those regional health care towns.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

At Innovis today, Essentia Health outlined the plan to bring Ada's Bridges Medical Center, Detroit lakes' St. Mary's and Fargo's Innovis all under the Essentia name. Some clinics in Northwest Minnesota also will come under the new name.

The Duluth based Essentia says it will result in a more streamlined system, with improved electronic medical records, and a more efficient, cheaper way of buying supplies. Essentia says the small town hospitals and clinics will still play a vital role in the community.

“Decreases the prices that we pay as an institution to deliver care, the same personalized care but for the physicians, it helps with out efficiency.”

Staff is aware of the name change. Patients will also be receiving letters.